If you want meals that are both budget-friendly and delicious, it is totally possible! The 10 meals included in this recipe roundup are affordable, easy to make, and super flavorful.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the average family of four spends between $700 to $1,000 per month on food. That is a lot money, especially considering the fact that most families waste about 40% of their food each month!
Food is one of the largest monthly expenses a family can have, which is why I’m a big fan of meal planning. Meal planning is when you list out exactly what meals you’ll make for the week. You create a meal plan before you shop, so that you know exactly what you need to buy in order to make the meals.
Meal planning saves time, money, and helps to cut down on food waste. Scheduling your meals each week also helps you to eat healthier, because you are more likely to eat at home, rather than eat out and/or buy fast food. Creating a weekly meal plan is super easy to do, and it’s even easier if you use a meal planning service, because they tell you exactly what to buy and what to make.
Tip: If you’re looking for easy weekly meal plans, full of budget recipes, I recommend $5 Meal Plan. $5 Meal Plan is a meal planning service that sends you a complete meal plan and shopping list every week, for just $5 a month. They also offer a free, 14-day trial so you can try out the service without spending any money. You can sign up for $5 Meal Plan here.
I have all of the recipes below in my current meal plan, and I’m excited to make all of them. Here are 10 Delicious Budget-Friendly Meals you should try:
1. Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake
This tasty Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake recipe requires only 6 simple ingredients to make! It is makes a perfect supper for busy weeknights and is so comforting, satiating and delicious.
2. Healthy Turkey Chili
This Healthy Turkey Chili recipe makes a hearty, spicy, one-pot meal. It is naturally gluten-free, low-fat and packed with protein!
3. Chinese Fried Rice
15 minutes are all you need to whip up this Chinese Fried Rice recipe! It tastes even better than takeout and is so much better for you. An easy-to-make, satisfying vegetarian main or side dish.
4. Mexican Stuffed Peppers
This Mexican Stuffed Peppers recipe is super tasty, filling and so simple to make. A comforting all-in-one meal that is hearty, healthy and gluten-free!
5. Tuna White Bean Salad
This simple Tuna White Bean Salad recipe requires only 6 ingredients and 10 minutes to make! A healthy, protein-packed meal that will keep you feeling full for hours.
6. Thai Spicy Noodle Soup
This Thai Spicy Noodle Soup recipe is super hearty and infused with fragrant Thai flavors. A soul-warming noodle soup that is vegan, gluten-free and requires only 15 minutes to make!
7. Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
You are going to love this Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe. All you need are a few simple ingredients and just 20 minutes to make the best mac n’ cheese ever.
8. Honey Lime Chicken
This saucy, tangy Honey Lime Chicken recipe is ideal for busy weeknights. It makes a flavor-packed, simple and inexpensive meal that the whole family is going to love!
9. Mushroom Kale Quinoa
This nutritious Mushroom Kale Quinoa recipe is ideal for Meatless Mondays and is a cinch to make. Just throw all your ingredients into one pan and you have a no-stress, no-mess meal that is ready to eat about 30 minutes.
10. Korean Beef Bowl
This Korean Beef Bowl recipe is so ridiculously easy to make and tastes beyond delicious. A perfect, family-friendly meal for busy weeknights that is ready to eat in just 15 minutes!
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